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My cat scared a duck nesting in a planter on my deck. She has been sitting on the eggs for over 2 weeks. Will she come back? What should I do if she doesn't? How long should I wait?

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

She will come back to sit on the nest after all the eggs are laid.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

keep your cat inside. it takes 25-29 days to hatch after incubating has begun, so these eggs have 11-15 days left. if you are certain she is not returning (2 or 3 days of no return) contact your state wildlife agency because disturbing the eggs is against the law.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

It appears the duck has already laid all of her eggs if she has been sitting/nesting full time (not just coming and going - still laying eggs) for over 2 weeks as she will not start to incubate until all her eggs are laid.

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You do not say what kind of duck you have so I have two sites listed that you can read and decide what to do but no matter what - make sure no animals go near the nest.

www.liveducks.com/nesting.html

wildliferehabber.com/.../duck-information

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

It was a mallard and she had layer all 12 eggs and was sitting on the nest constantly for over 2 weeks. She did not come back overnight or all day so I found a rehaber that had room in her incubator. She let me know that all 12 eggs had live babies. And she is going to let me know if they hatch. Thanks for all the help.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

We farm and have chickens and ducks. They usually come back.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

The duck was a mallard and she had been sitting on her 12 eggs consistently for over 2 weeks. She didn't come back overnight or all day so I found a rehaber that had room in her incubator.

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She let me know that there were 12 live babies and will let me know if they hatch. Thanks for the help!

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